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Treatment for vomitings and diarrhea in a child - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, my daughter, 3 years old had started vomiting 5 days back(on tuesday) and it followed by loose bowels and then fever. Doctor first suspected a viral infection but also started an antibiotic taxim-o. The vomiting was suppressed by emeset syrup and did not last more than a day. on the 4th day(yesterday), again met the doctor and she changed the antibiotic to Ofloxacin+Metronidazol suspension. From yesterday evening fever is not peaking as before and there is less frequent bowel movements and not watery as before. Today just now she did a bowel movement in the under garment and it was just mucus with some blood stains. I need some advices.
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hi
Doctor :   give me a min, let me read your query
User :   ok
Doctor :   how is the diet ?
Doctor :   is she eating well ?
User :   she is tolerating fluids but refusing to take any. We were feeding her with Rice Ganji and water. An ORS mixed in water is also given at times
Doctor :   ok well continue to do so
Doctor :   let me explain the reason for the blood stained stool
User :   ok
User :   yesterday night and today night she did take solid food. 1 Dosa yesterday and a rice stuff today
Doctor :   now its true that your baby is having a severe bout of infectious diarrhea, for which antibiotics have already been given
Doctor :   its usually caused by a bacteria
Doctor :   bacteria that grows in the gut if the bacterial balance has been upset; the toxin can cause injury to the mucosa and bloody stools.
Doctor :   is she sleeping now ?
User :   yes she is.
User :   Do I need to consider this blood stains as a reason to take her to a hospital emergency ?
Doctor :   no but yes you do need to take her tomorrow morning
Doctor :   at this moment let her rest
User :   ok doctor. Is it part of the infection being settling down or something which leads to another infection kind of ?
Doctor :   its the part of same infection
User :   upto end of day 3 she had high fever and was once taken to casuality in the night. They gave Meftal-P syrup in addition to the crocin that we were giving every 4 -6 hours.
Doctor :   the toxin causes the mucosa to tear and causing the bleed .. let her rest keep her HYDRATED
Doctor :   morning you need to take her to the doctor
User :   sure doctor. Any particular examination (stool or blood ) preferred ?
Doctor :   stool examination not yet done ?
User :   no. Doctor said we can do it if she is not improving today also
User :   it was said on yesterday
Doctor :   well t should be done now so that we can pinpoint the cause
Doctor :   any abdominal discomfort she is complaining of?
User :   ok. She is too tired and not at all active, though not appeared to be over dehydrated so far
User :   yes , not regular. She complaints about abdominal pain just before the bowel movement and after it is done, she is fine
Doctor :   OK
User :   we take that as a signal for taking her to the toilet
Doctor :   well you need to make sure IS TAKING THE FLUIDS
Doctor :   and take her to the physician in the morning
User :   ok . Thank you Doctor. Anything specific you can tell us apart from this ?
Doctor :   well thats about it ... you are doing everything ok
User :   thanks for your time Doctor. thats it from my end too.
Doctor :   your welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   good bye
User :   bye
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